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24th March 2017 Kolkata, India

Bruce Bucknell

by Bruce Bucknell

British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

Tea garden

I can’t find a good explanation for why they are called gardens. However, I’ve just seen a tea plantation or estate, as we tend to call them in Britain, and can understand why they are called tea gardens in India. Last weekend, I visited a tea garden in Assam, one of the main tea production […]

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7th March 2017 Delhi, India

Jane Urquhart and Leena Kukreja

Women in STEM: closing the gender gap

Growing up in Australia, like all kids, I was curious and inquisitive about the ‘science’ behind things. Encouraged by a school teacher mother and an engineer father, I coveted a plastic microscope and a chemistry set. But, like many other kids, I lost confidence in my abilities in science and maths. Growing up in India, […]

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1st March 2017 Delhi, India

Anshika Jha

by Anshika Jha

UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UK IPO) Attaché

Second roundtable on feasibility of establishing a national IP court in India

A second roundtable conference on the feasibility of establishing a single national IP court in India was organised by IIT Kharagpur in December 2016.  The 2nd roundtable, co-chaired by sitting Calcutta High Court Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice Soumen Sen, was held 8 months after the first, and was predominantly to understand the opinions of […]

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1st March 2017 Delhi, India

Anshika Jha

by Anshika Jha

UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UK IPO) Attaché

Seminar on understanding the aesthetic value of IP-designs

Earlier this month, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised a seminar on the value of industrial designs, in collaboration with the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) in New Delhi. The seminar was part of CII’s Annual Knowledge Expo, and was therefore able to see participation from several representatives from the industry and academia. […]

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3rd February 2017 Kolkata, India

Bruce Bucknell

by Bruce Bucknell

British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

Playing the game

One of the clearest memories from my youth is of standing on a cricket field in early evening. The sun was relatively low in the sky but still high enough above the trees so as not to cast a shadow. There was a light breeze and the sunlight was reflected off the ground, which appeared […]

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16th January 2017 New Delhi, India

Aditi Sharma

by Aditi Sharma

Adviser for Newton Fund in India

A sociologist in a Chem lab!

I attended a workshop on nano- bio materials for water purification in the picturesque district of Kottayam in Kerala. It was a Newton Bhabha funded researcher link workshop led by British Council in collaboration with Royal Society of Chemistry. Researcher links workshop is one of the many programs run under the ‘people’ pillar of the […]

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8th December 2016 New Delhi, India

Swati Saxena

by Swati Saxena

Senior Science and Innovation Adviser

‘Smart’ farming – way ahead – UK India agritech partnership

We need to produce more food with less land and fewer resources.  These challenges mean that new agricultural science and technology is needed. Precision farming combines technology with livestock and crop science to improve agricultural practice. One effect is on yields: precision agriculture (PA) allows farmers to extract as much value as possible from every […]

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2nd December 2016 Kolkata, India

Bruce Bucknell

by Bruce Bucknell

British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

White revolution

There are about 123 million cattle in India, so the Kolkata based Telegraph newspaper informed me recently. The paper was citing India’s 2012 national cow census. That’s a lot of cattle, or roughly one for every ten Indians. The equivalent number in Britain is 1.9 million. This is the size of the total dairy herd […]

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24th November 2016 New Delhi, India

Aditi Sharma

by Aditi Sharma

Adviser for Newton Fund in India

Newton at TECH Summit – developing UK-India ‘RISTA’

I got an opportunity to attend the India-UK TECH Summit which was held in New Delhi from 7-9 November 2016, a mega event showcasing GREAT Britain’s technological prowess and opening up portals for greater Indian investment and partnership. This three day spectacle comprised of a gamut of activities which included five summits on technology, innovation […]

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22nd November 2016 Bangalore, India

Dr Ruth McKernan CBE

Chief Executive, Innovate UK

Connected cities – seeking new opportunities for global partnership

I arrived in India after an exciting few days at the Innovate 2016 event in Manchester, co-hosted by Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade. Cities of the future were an important theme of the event, showcasing UK innovation. Panel sessions and presentations covered topics ranging from urban living to autonomous transport, and digital […]

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